The beautiful structures built in honor of the royal family of Bikaner are special.
What is the Cenotaph?
Cenotaphs are monuments or tombs built in honor of some significant people. But these tombs are empty and are not built over the place where they were buried.
Cenotaphs have been built all over the world for many centuries to honor Important people. They are even built to commemorate the soldiers killed in the war. Some of the famous cenotaphs around the world are located in London, France, the USA, Hong Kong, Hiroshima, Canada, and India.
Royal Cenotaphs of Rajasthan
In Rajasthan, India there are many royal families that have built the Cenotaphs or ‘Chhatris’ in honor of the deceased royal family members. The ‘Chhatri’ literally means an umbrella because that is the design of the cenotaph that resembles one.
Since the royal families of Rajasthan are Hindus, they are not buried but lit on a pyre. The famous Royal cenotaphs in Rajasthan are located in Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bikaner, Alwar, and Bundi.
Devi Kund Sagar Bikaner
The Bikaner Cenotaphs are located 9 km from Bikaner, in Devikund Sagar, on the outskirts of the city. This is the crematorium ground of the Royal family of Bikaner of the Bikaji dynasty. The cenotaph is built over the place where the royal member was cremated.
The Bikaji dynasty was founded by Rao Bika of the Rathore clan of Rajputs in 1488 and established the city of Bikaner.